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Readers Respond: What Keeps You From Exercising?

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Updated April 15, 2010

Exercise is an essential part of managing osteoarthritis. Exercise can improve your range of motion, strength, flexibility, mobility, and endurance. Exercise can help you sleep well, help with weight management, and positively affect your overall well-being.

Despite the benefits, there can be barriers to exercising on a regular basis. You may think exercising will make your pain worse. You may think there's no time to exercise and put other things first. Physical limitations can get in the way. You may just find it boring. If you have not added exercise to your regular routine -- what keeps you from exercising?

Chronic back pains..will it get worse?

I'm 38 yrs and I've had constant back pain for more than 10yrs now. I've done xrays but nothing showed up in the results. I've used meds and gotten injections for relief but it only helps temporarily. When I exercise I feel like the pain worsens and I eventually stop. I know the exercise is suppose to help, but my fear of the pain increasing stops me from exercising.
—Guest angel

Knee discomfort/weather conditions

Probably my age is the greatest factor - 67 this month. I tried low impact walk areobics and it seemed not to make me feel better. I contacted my RA for osteo and they had biking 10 mph, jogging, running, and I am not in agreement with that. I am on Osteo Bi-Flex - the best thing since sliced bread, and 15 mg Meloxicam which is working out. But am concerned regarding muscle mass. My physical only found me with osteoarthritis.
—efie1

3 wheel trike

I have osteoarthritis in the hips (mild). I have bought mission solo low step trike. Will it be ok with my condition?
—Guest sal

Is it okay to exercise when in pain?

Doctor who diagnosed my OA told me not to overuse knee joint. I have little pain in one knee. Now my one shoulder is painful since last month. Is it okay to begin stationary cycling & pull ups, stretching exercise etc. when in pain. Please advise. Thanks n best regards.
—Guest Savita Samrat
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